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SMA CEO Ajay Patel
Ajay Patel
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  • "In my opinion, there are no cons within the company itself(in 7 reviews)

  • "Open office environment makes it difficult to do your job(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Now for something completely different"

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    Current Employee - Proposal Writer in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My first, and I bet only, experience with a company that *helped me to apply*! Also, very slick and innovative virtual interview with an avatar. These guys have really thought about how to recruit and motivate people.

    Cons

    80% travel, but with bennies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    SMA2019-02-13
  2. "HR was very helpful during the hiring process"

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    Current Employee - Proposal Writer in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SMA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am a new employee with SMA . I will be working with proposal professionals who have extensive experience, are great listeners and eager to help new hires succeed.

    Cons

    There aren't any cons so far.

    Advice to Management

    None yet.

    SMA2019-02-07
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Long Term Employee (Proposal Mgr)"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You will work with the smartest and most capable folks in the industry

    Cons

    Travel, but that is true of any company

    Advice to Management

    Keep expanding into new industries and clients

    SMA2019-01-24
  4. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    SMA is a really great company to work for. The environment is small, non-hostile, friendly, understanding, and they care about their employees. There has been significant effort to improve the company whether that be location, roles, etc.. and it's shown that they care about growth. Overall, it's a great place to work at if you are looking for a career.

    Cons

    Alexa doesn't always register our answers on Jeopardy.

    SMA2018-11-19
  5. "Good Company, Nicest People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Everyone works really well with others. - Very friendly office to work in - Really good Health benefits.

    Cons

    Need more Office Parties and happy hours.

    SMA2018-11-13
  6. "Great Company - Awesome Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMA full-time for more than 19 years

    Pros

    The firm has a diverse demographic and attracts very accomplished people. Most impressive is the collaboration and support across the organization (staff and associates). Bottom line, we play well as a team! The organization has a flat hierarchy, and everyone is very accessible. The Talent On Demand (TOD) system developed by the firm to manage and deploy talent is impressive! It has improved transparency of opportunities,...

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    Cons

    The updates to the technology infrastructure are a significant improvement, but we need to continue driving these enhancements. We are evolving into a technology company and our implementation of technology must one of several attributes that differentiate us in this space. We are not there yet!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on TOD and the enhancements to the technology infrastructure. Maintain the culture of the organization as we scale.

    SMA2018-11-12
  7. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Use of technology (TOD) to have easy process. - Flexibility to work from home occasionally. - Awesome benefits (reimbursement for health equipments).

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons right now.

    SMA2018-11-09
  8. "Good company, nice staff"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Staff 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Fun wellness initiatives - Sr. Management cares about employees... CEO and COO often check in with staff, ask about personal life, even offer to do things outside of the office - Decent technology in HQ (lenovo laptops, new monitors, sit-to-stand desks). If you need it and it's relevant for your job, they'll buy it for you. Never had a problem getting new technology or an item I wanted. - Good benefits (healthcare,...

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    Cons

    - Lack of ability to work remote when needed - Open plan office can still be fairly distracting in afternoon (but it's also a sign we like to collaborate and chat with each other) - While there's plenty of conference rooms, the booking system still seems to be ignored by some staff members

    Advice to Management

    - More flexibility on working remote during crunch periods (or busy periods) would provide some extra time to complete project tasks - More frequent visits from remote employees (as possible) - we have interesting people on our staff! - While we are very busy, some more mentorship / training opportunities with senior leaders in the company would be great when we do have lighter schedules (maybe some sessions on past...

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    SMA2018-11-09

    SMA Response

    November 19, 2018COO

    Excellent idea about being more deliberate about mentoring. We recognize the value mentoring provides in career development. Collaboration is a key attribute of the culture at SMA. We found that the open office architecture and having people in the same office and conference rooms ...

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  9. "Irvine office"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at SMA full-time

      Pros

      Nice new office space Teamwork Wellness funds for fitness device Chair Massages

      Cons

      Micromanagement-CEO and COO make all decisions Unclear company vision Too many systems makes it hard to get things done

      Advice to Management

      Trust and empower your team. You have done a great job building a good culture- Communicate company vision to everyone

      SMA2018-11-15

      SMA Response

      November 19, 2018COO

      Ensuring everyone understands the direction and goals of the firm is critical to our success. We provide a lot of messaging and communication about goals, objectives, and the why behind decisions; however, we recognize that we cannot over communicate, and we continue to make enhancing ...

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    • "Irvine Office"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at SMA full-time

      Pros

      Great staff - smart, fun, friendly, works as a team Nice office & great location Daily Jeopardy game is fun and great for team building Great Wellness initiatives

      Cons

      Major lack of IT support Systems are old and constantly breaking / lots of manual processes Work from home policy (frowned upon) Leadership plays favorites Leadership has tendency to micro manage Lack of communication from Leadership Open office environment can be distracting at times

      SMA2018-11-09

      SMA Response

      November 12, 2018COO

      IT and Technology: We did have an aging technology stack that was limiting to the firm. In August 2018, we completed our transition of our entire technology infrastructure to the cloud. We do have some tools running on our cloud servers that will be updated or replaced over the next ...

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